In the spirit of volunteerism, some staff of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Batanes and Isabela participated in the Brigada Eskwela activities in three schools in the region.

Schools visited were Ilagan East Central School and Ilagan South Central School in Isabela on May 22, 2015 and at Basco National Science High School (BNSHS) in Batanes on May 18, 2015.

In Isabela, DTI staff Ms. Corazon Mamuri and Ms. Sofia Almonte joined other local and national government employees, parents, teachers, pupils and other civic groups in the school clean-up activities held at Ilagan East Central School and Ilagan South Central School on May 28, 2015.

In Batanes, Brigada Eskwela was started with a short parade around the municipality of Basco followed by a program held at the BNSHS Covered Court.

Batanes Mayor Demetrius Paul C. Narag served as the guest speaker during the program and underscored in his speech the importance and impact of unity in doing things. He lauds all participating agencies and volunteers for their contributing efforts in the Brigada Eskwela.

In addition, he also discussed the newly approved Ordinance No. 2015-147 or “Transient Registration Ordinance of Basco” requiring transients in Basco to be registered at the Municipal Government to protect children from any possible harmful influences like illegal drugs and serious crimes.

Parents, teachers and volunteers collaboratively worked together to clean the school surroundings and made some minor repairs in classrooms to make it more conducive for learning.

The Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide activity initiated by the Department of Education which started in 2003.